Jan Magnussen escaped uninjured from his violent accident at the end of yesterday evening's Laguna Seca American Le Mans Series round.
The Corvette driver was spun into the wall as he battled with Flying Lizard Porsche's Jorg Bergmeister for the GT2 class victory on the run to the line. Magnussen was taken to the circuit's medical center for checks, where it was confirmed that he had not been hurt, and the Dane and co-driver Johnny O'Connell were still classified second.
Magnussen had hunted down Bergmeister in the final laps after the Porsche lost ground being lapped by the overall leaders. His first passing attempt ended with him running wide, and although he retook the lead with two laps to go, he was ordered to cede the position as he had used the pit exit to complete the pass. Magnussen then dived back in front with an aggressive move at the final corner of the four-hour race, before being spun into the wall as Bergmeister fought back on the straight.
"It was really good, hard racing," said Magnussen. "I didn't think I even had a chance after I had to give the position back. Going into the last corner I was too far away to make a proper attack, but Jorg parked the car. I didn't see that, so I slid up and hit him a little – he went sideways and I managed to get on the inside.
"It was a drag race up the hill, and I managed to get ahead of him. Then he turned me into the wall, and he kept turning in. Then I spun around the nose of his car."
Bergmeister said he had not intended to cause an accident.
"I'm definitely sorry Jan went into the wall," Bergmeister said. "I didn't want that to happen. But it was a banging game. I'm glad he's OK. It was tough racing."
Corvette team boss Doug Fehan said he had enjoyed the intense race, but suggested that the rules should be tightened to prevent such battles ending in crashes in the future.
"Those last six laps were as exciting as I've seen in motor racing in a long time – two great teams, two great cars, two great drivers," Fehan said. "It's unfortunate it ended the way it did.
"I think we're going to review the videotapes and see what we can do to ascertain what went wrong there. I'm sure we'll be working with the sanctioning body to address it and put into place safeguards to make sure incidents like this won't happen again."